Ghan Tracks

Ghan Tracks

Ensemble Offspring and Melbourne’s Speak Percussion team up for the very first time with maverick composer-inventor Jon Rose in the world premiere of an artistic exploration of Australia’s iconic Ghan railway. Ghan Tracks mashes video projections and electronics with live performance on pedal powered zither, electric cement mixer, wind machine, piccolo, bass clarinet, sousaphone, double bass, quartet tone vibraphones and two actors into a bizarre and moving documentary-like spectacle.


Jon Rose – Ghan Tracks (World premiere)


Jon Rose (conductor, new instruments)
Lamorna Nightingale (piccolo)
Jason Noble (bass clarinet)
Damien Ricketson (plectraphone)
Carolyn Johns (sousaphone)
Clayton Thomas (double bass)
Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Eugene Ughetti (Speak Percussion)
Jennifer Torrence (Speak Percussion)


Sydney Carriageworks, 8pm Thursday 7th, Friday 8th & Saturday 9th August




Download concert program here

Media & Acclaim

“What I appreciate most is the delicacy in the use of film, a rhythmic/visual intervention appearing and disappearing in and out of score as do the instruments themselves…The Ghan is less a radical take on the world around us than a reminder of the constancies of the battle between us and the environment, but yes, a cautionary tale (as Rose would have it) on how we may lay tracks into our future.”
Zsuzsanna Soboslay, RealTime Arts

“The composition’s arrangement, coupled with the projected multi media pictorial and audio narrative, enabled audience members to totally immerse themselves in multiple tiers that mapped The Ghan histories.”
Full review here
India Zegan, Museum of Fathers blog